Paradise (1991)

Paradise (1991)




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In the debut film from director Mary Agnes Donoghue, Elijah Wood plays ten-year-old Willard Young, who is sent off to spend the summer in the small town of Paradise with his mother's friends Ben and Lily Reed (Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith). The Reeds' own son has recently died in an accident, leaving the couple shell-shocked and non-communicative; it's up to Willard to help them learn to live again.
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Touchstone Pictures


Elijah Wood
as Willard Young
Melanie Griffith
as Lily Reed
Don Johnson
as Ben Reed
Thora Birch
as Billie
Eve Gordon
as Rosemary
Louise Latham
as Catherine
Sarah Trigger
as Darlene
Richard K. Olsen
as Minister
Rick Andosca
as Ernest Parkett
Anthony Romano
as Clay, Popular Boy
Timothy Erskine
as Darlene's Boyfriend
Chestley Price
as Bus Driver
Dave Hager
as Bartender
John R. Copeman
as Other Fisherman
Jeff Jeffcoat
as Eddie, the Attendant
Scott Hubacek
as Greyhound Bus Driver
Jason Robert Somrak
as Neighborhood Tough
Carl McIntyre
as Willard's Father
Lucy Alpaugh
as 1st Old Lady
Kay Shroka
as 2nd Old Lady
Eric Vest
as D.J.
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Critic Reviews for Paradise

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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June 5, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Paradise


A decent coming of age story worth seeing if only for capable early performances from Wood and Birch.

Michael Ritchason
Michael Ritchason

I was fairly young when I saw this movie, but I remember really liking it. I'd like to see it again.

Andrew Doe
Andrew Doe

Really good drama. Very good acting by all! A heartwarming movie about a couple who lost a child and are brought back together by a boy, who has come to visit with them. Very good family film.

Sonya Dickerson
Sonya Dickerson

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